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Every Person Over 16 In California Will Be Eligible For A Vaccine From April 15

By Secret Los Angeles

Every Person Over 16 In California Will Be Eligible For A Vaccine From April 15

Things are looking up.

Today the state announced that vaccine eligibility would be expanding to California residents 50 and older starting April 1 and to anyone 16 and older starting from April 15. Meanwhile, the L.A. County Public Health Department has announced that vaccination sites and are operating far below their capacity and are able to accommodate at least twice as many people each week. Unfortunately, supplies in the county remain limited.

“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” said Governor Newsom.

California is expected to receive approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April, according to the announcement. Currently, the state has the capacity to administer over 3 million vaccines per week and is hoping to shift that to 4 million by the end of April.

“We are even closer to putting this pandemic behind us with today’s announcement and with vaccine supplies expected to increase dramatically in the months ahead,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly in a statement. “However, we are not there yet. It will take time to vaccinate all eligible Californians. During this time, we must not let our guard down. It is important that we remain vigilant, continue to wear masks and follow public health guidance.”

This follows news that L.A. County has reached a new death milestone of 23,000 making COVID-19 the number one cause of death in the county. Officials are urging residents to remain cautious and avoid travel outside of the state where possible over Easter.

Featured Image: Mayor Eric Garcetti via Twitter